Wendy Waldron was interviewed on the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce’s I’m In With The Chamber radio show in July 2019, with host Amanda Blanton. Click here to listen.
Focusing on your goals and growing your business are not easy things to do; entrepreneurs who learn how to gain traction will realize their visions faster.
I was not looking forward to driving in what was likely our last storm of the season. I grumbled through the morning routine. Grumpy, slow, and emotionally unavailable to my family.
The little person in my life was bouncing off the ceiling. She had been trying to tell me something and I wasn’t listening. “Mommy, the TREES look like pictures. They are so beautiful!” She began to talk about Christmas, as only a 6 year old can. She was not able to focus on brushing her teeth or finding her boots.
We were both right. My drive was harrowing and the trees were stunning.
The thing is, it doesn’t matter how we react to the weather. It matters that we can acknowledge the reaction as distinct from the event, and carry on. Cold hearted, you say? Smell the flowers and see the trees? There is time for all of it. The ability to distinguish between stimuli and reaction is vital for growth. If we allow ourselves to focus on the external, we can’t focus on our internal compass or personal agenda.
your business is getting beaten up by the “storms” or if you feel rather
wind-blown by the end of the day, WaldronWorks can help. There will be no
high-pressure pitch, just sharing some simple, proven tools that have helped
thousands of owners and leadership teams. We guide your growth and save your
Steady as you grow.
WaldronWorks provides operations leadership to business owners in our community. We can be especially helpful in transitions and when you’ve hit a ceiling and need to grow. Getting on the same page, building teams, sharing your message, sustaining momentum … these are not easy things to do. Just as we update our vehicles and our technology, we all need to update our management tools, too. We would like to share 25 years of leadership experience and the Entrepreneurial Operating System with your team.
Professionals invest years studying, training, and practicing their skills. They can provide excellent products and services. If the structure of their business hasn’t received the same attention, their teams may lack clarity and accountability.
Let’s make sure you are earning the loyalty that your clients and employees want to give you!
- Is there more apologizing than celebrating?
- Do your people reminisce about “the good old days”?
- Whether your company’s bottom line is suffering or soaring, does each day seem really hard?
- Has the business of putting out fires become your business?
The Entrepreneurial Operating System is a simple, practical approach to business leadership. Engaging with the EOS Proven Process can give your leadership team the tools to clarify vision, execute plans and gain traction, and become a healthier and more cohesive team. EOS Implementers train and support leadership teams in the use of these tools.
EOS was created by Gino Wickman. Following the successful turn-around of his family business, he coached and studied entrepreneurs for years, discovering which tools really worked. He published the book Traction about his system in 2007. To date, more than 10,000 companies have implemented EOS and experienced healthy growth.
Do you wonder what EOS could do for your company? Let’s chat.
We recently came across several boxes of vintage records while going through an estate.
There was also a vintage record “reproducer”, crank and all! We wonder what to do with them. Are they invaluable or should they be tossed? And we need more needles to access them.
What about the old records in your office?
Is your record retention policy turned with a crank?
Do you still have walls full of crank-powered rolling shelves?
Do you have more than one archive?
How much are you paying to store old paper?
Who is responsible for those private practice records, now that the providers are employed?
Do electronic records age out? What’s the capacity of the system we’re using?
We know that an updated records retention policy is the place to start. But how do we make this a priority?
Hire WaldronWorks to assess the scope and impact of your needs. Project management services are available, too. We’ve done this before and would love to do it for you! Let’s make 2019 the year that you make sense of your inherited records.
More than ever, this is a time to be kind. What does that mean in our work lives?
So often, we shy away from the hard conversations. We lose the opportunity for genuine connection because we are trying to be polite or gentle, or just because we’re tired.
Brenee Brown, helps us here, “Clear is kind. Unclear is unkind.” In her latest book, Dare to Lead, Dr. Brown states, “Not getting clear with your colleagues about expectations because it feels too hard, or blaming them for not delivering is unkind. Talking about people rather than to them is unkind.”
Are you ready for a snow day? What about a no-show policy refresher?
Clear plans to deal with weather can be made in advance. Clear expectations can be talked through at routine staff meetings. It means a lot when a supervisor opens the conversation, asking how many people would prefer to use a vacation day tomorrow? Reserve the right to approve the definition of “skeleton crew”, but by opening the conversation, you acknowledge the emotions and allow for true ownership.
Are your professional goals clear for the next month? Have you given your team members the gift of clarity?
Are there sales quotas or other goals to be met by year end? If you aren’t going to meet budget, what is an acceptable level of performance? We have all been in that 11th hour, knowing with equal certainty that we will not succeed and that we have worked really hard all year and have overcome many obstacles. How about a leader who shares in the disappointment, but clarifies what is realistically expected in the next few weeks? A leader who has already had the conversations about why the team will miss the mark and has supported structural or personnel changes to support future efforts? The 11th hour (or month) provides the opportunity for true connection, for engagement, and for growth.
Let’s be clear, be kind, and leave a little room for the magic of the season!